The official ArianeB blog asked for comments about the new version of their star at their entry: Ariane gets a makeover, published about a week ago. The first ArianeB simulation used 3D models that were up to par when the game was first devised – already a decade ago - but that have passed their expiration date for quite a while.
Obviously the new characters in the ArianeB sequel are based upon contemporary 3D models. In our last entry, First look at Ariane B2, it was announced that the strip club owner had been upgraded, but the ArianeB creator soon found out that mixing old and new 3D models don't really fit together. In other words: classic ArianeB looks inferior compared with the new characters.
The only option was to upgrade ArianeB. You can read for yourself on the ArianeB blog how this was done and find some prototype pictures as well.
Reactions went more or less along these lines: “Not to say the new version isn’t pretty, but she’s certainly not the Ariane we’ve come to know and love.” (Josh, 2011 08 18.) Others found that the new Ariane character, like in a movie sequel, has been replaced by another actress. A bit like Saavik in a couple of Star Trek movies, first Kirstie Alley, then Robin Curtis.
Useful recommendations were given as well and after a couple of days the creator came with a new prototype:
Making another attempt, adjusting eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks. The parts that still don’t match up simply are not possible even on V4. And, just to put the finishing touch on, I am using classic Ariane’s eyeballs. If eyes are the windows of the soul, then that is the biggest change of all.
And just like we grow accustomed to a new actor who replaces another one in our favourite soap we will get to like ArianeB mark 2 as well. To quote Danny:
In truth, I really can’t wait to play, no matter how Ariane looks. I love the original game, you did a great job on developing it and the title character, so all in all, if the game plays as well as the first, with both the feel of the game, and the great stories, I’ll be sold.
It will take several months before a playable version of Ariane B2 will be published. In the meantime the official version of ArianeB 1 can be found at arianeb dot com, playable online or as a download: Go on a virtual date with me, Ariane .
And if you are stuck the blog you are reading now offers nearly 50 different scenarios for the game. Have fun!